BBC presenter Anita Rani was named Media Personality of the Year at this year’s Asian Media Awards.
The AMA’s recognise excellence in the media with categories in journalism, online, radio, television and marketing. The awards are sponsored by the University of Salford.
Anita Rani is one of the UK’s best loved presenters and broadcasters.
From entertainment to journalism she is someone who has worked on a broad range of documentaries and programmes including Four Rooms, Watchdog, The One Show and travelled around the world for BBC documentaries.
Anita has been a staunch advocate of diversity in the media and has spoken out against disparities with regards to race and gender within the industry.
Anita Rani said, “Thank you so much for this award. It means a huge amount from the bottom of my heart.
“I have had a fantastic year and I have been able to make a programme about partition. As you know it is something so deeply personal for me. Also I have had an opportunity to tell a story about millions of people.
“That is what working in television is all about. It is about being able to tell our stories. The things that unite us and bring us together rather than divide us.”
Last year, she co-hosted The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home and worked on the documentary New York: America’s Busiest City.
Earlier this year, Anita and Nick Grimshaw presented coverage backstage at One Love Manchester, the benefit concert for victims of the attack on the Ariana Grande concert. She also co-presented the final of BBC Young Dancer with Darcey Bussell and Ore Oduba in April.
On the 70th anniversary of Partition Anita was fundamental in helping communities realise the impact of this momentous event on families.
Her journey, first on Who Do You Think You Are and then this year in My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, was both touching and defining as it highlighted how the events of 70 years ago were still deeply entrenched within British Asian culture.
The Asian Media Awards were held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Wednesday October 25 2017.
The University of Salford were premier sponsors and partners to the event include ITV, MediaCom, M.E.N, Press Association Training & Primesight.
The official Charity Partners for 2017 are Sightsavers.
The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Tauheedul Education Trust, Supreme Dream Events, Payal and Cleartwo.